Liverpool's Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez, has reportedly emerged as a summer transfer target for Italian Serie A side Roma, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Suarez, 25, is also apparently being watched by Roma's domestic rival Juventus and French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
It is believed a combination of continuing underachievement on Liverpool's part and the fallout of the racism scandal that involved Suarez and Manchester United full back Patrice Evra will be enough to persuade the player his future lies away from Anfield. A report in Metro suggests a bid of around £20 million could be enough.
The South American forward, who was briefly his club's most expensive signing (he signed in January 2011, for £22.8 million) has had a chequered Liverpool career so far.
He scored on his debut on 2 February against Stoke City after coming off the bench and enjoyed a reasonably good first few months. He finished the 2010/11 season with four goals from 13 appearances. However, Suarez has since proven to be controversial and somewhat less than good value for money in his role as a multi-million pound signing.
Suarez is Liverpool's leading goal scorer, in the league, this season, with seven strikes in 26 games. However, it must be said he should really be scoring a few more goals than that. He has, in point of fact, fewer goals this season than QPR's Heidar Helguson and Swansea's Danny Graham, among others. However that does not seem to have deterred his Roman suitors, who are reportedly in the market for a high-profile striker.
Meanwhile, a Goal.com report suggests Suarez is not the only striker on Roma's shopping list; the club are also considering a move for Chelsea's £50 million misfit, Fernando Torres.
Juventus, meanwhile, have also been connected with Real Madrid's Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain who, with 20 goals in La Liga this season, is the third-highest scorer. PSG have been linked with Arsenal's misfiring Moroccan forward, Marouane Chamakh.